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A Coyote solstice tale / by Thomas King ; pictures by Gary Clement.
Publication Information:
Toronto : Groundwood Books, 2009.
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1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 21 cm.
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Wily trickster Coyote is having his friends over for a little solstice get-together in the woods when a little girl comes by unexpectedly. She leads the friends through the snowy woods to the mall -- a place they had never seen before. The trickster goes crazy with glee as he shops with abandon, only to discover that filling a shopping cart with goodies is not quite the same thing as actually paying for them. The trickster is tricked and goes back to his cabin in the woods -- somewhat subdued -- though nothing can keep Coyote down for long. Thomas King is known for his fiction featuring Canada's Native people, while Gary Clement's artwork has appeared in several popular children's books. A Coyote Solstice Tale blends King's brilliant deadpan humor and Clement's evocative watercolors in this witty critique of consumerism and consumption aimed at all ages.

Author Notes

Thomas King was born in 1943 in Sacramento, California to a Cherokee father and a mother of Greek and German descent. He attended the University of Utah where he received a Ph. D. in Literature.

His works focus mainly on Native American way of life. His first novel, Medicine River was made into a television movie. His second novel, Green Grass, Running Water won him the Canadian Authors Award for Fiction and it was shortlisted for the Governor General's Award in 1993. In 2003, he received the National Aboriginal Achievement Award. His most recent title DreadfulWater Shows Up, is written under the pseudonym Hartley Goodweather.

He resides in Canada and is an Associate Professor of English at the University of Guelph.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Horn Book Review

(Primary, Intermediate) Oh no -- not another tale of holiday togetherness, in annoying doggerel, no less! Well, it is, and it isn't. First Nations author King (A Coyote Columbus Story) demonstrates his characteristic iconoclastic humor in this anti-consumerism story. A little girl, looking for "friendship and goodwill and peace" in a materialistic world, unexpectedly drops in on Coyote and his friends at Christmastime. Setting out through the woods to bring her home, they find themselves at the mall, where Coyote temporarily falls under the spell of excessive consumption. The rather relentless meter of the verse would seem to deliver the message with a heavy hand -- but King breaks into the sing-song with deadpan commentary ("So this is what humans do, said Coyote") that makes it clear there's much fun being poked here. Dryly humorous cartoon illustrations in pen-and-ink and watercolor wash put Coyote's emotions on full display -- whether a bundle of nerves when first meeting the little girl or blissed out on shopping. From HORN BOOK, (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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